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In an effort to try to keep student learning on track and provide holiday-themed resources so that this new normal we are currently facing does not seem so different as before, I went searching for some fun Easter freebies!  Check out these ten Summer themed freebies I found that can easily be adapted for teletherapy or sent home for practice if needed!

  1. Grab my S'more Fun Open-Ended Games -S'mores!  Sweet S'more, Smelly S'more, Spicy S'more, and Strawberry S'more! This open-ended game is a recipe for fun!
  2. Articulation Summer Calendar by Schoolhouse Talk- These Articulation Calendars can be used year after year!  Make sure to also grab her free Language Calendars too!  Amazing!
  3. Summer Speech and Language by Natalie Snyders - Great ideas to share with families to practice speech and language at home.
  4. Summer Speech and Language Mini Bundle by Short and Sweet Speech - This packet is full of speech and language activities!
  5. No Print Expanding Sentences by Language Speech and Literacy - A great No Print of real pictures to target who/what/where and pronouns!
  6. Cooking Up Articulation (L and N) by Power Speech and Language- Super cute BOOM Cards activity! Easy to target articulation and language.
  7. Summer Speech and Language Activities Newsletter by The Speech Meadow - Love this newsletter filled with ideas for families!
  8. No Print Open-Ended Water Fight by Speech Therapy Plans- This freebie is a great open-ended game to use in teletherapy.
  9. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt by KaylaSLP - A great way to get a family out together while targeting speech and language!
  10. Speech and Language Digital Spinners by Fun in Speech- Great for teletherapy or for families practicing at home!
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Check out these ideas to avoid the Summer Slide in Speech -  Ideas to share with Families!
Fab Five Freebies Summer by The Digital SLP - Woohoo!  More freebies!

Do you know of any other amazing Summer activities or ideas that we can share with parents?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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Are you ready for Summer?  Will you be providing services via extended school year, year round schools, or private therapy?  Truthfully, I am not yet sure if I will be providing services or take a long summer break. This last quarter for school has been exhausting between homeschooling my child and providing services. Check out my go-to resources in the past for summer sessions.

ARTICULATION RESOURCES FOR SUMMER:
Summer Articulation Mazes
My SUMMER ARTICULATION MYSTERY PICTURES and my SUMMER ARTICULATION MAZES both target articulation and help students with their fine motor skills (pencil grip, manipulation, writing pressure, etc..)

FLUENCY RESOURCE FOR SUMMER:
My NO PRINT FLUENCY TASKS: SUMMER resource targets goals for identifying facts vs. myths about stuttering, identifying bumpy vs. smooth speech, identify/explain/demonstrate different disfluent speech patterns and fluency shaping techniques and stuttering modification techniques, using techniques and strategies at all levels (word, phrase, sentence, spontaneous speech), and response to social situations.  I use the sentence and spontaneous speech level tasks with my students working on language and articulation carryover too!

LANGUAGE RESOURCES FOR SUMMER:
LANGUAGE BUILDER: SUMMER is a comprehensive packet covering so many different language needs! My language builder packs target basic vocabulary building, answering and asking questions, using inference skills, recalling sentences and details, describing, sentence building, and narrative building skills with barrier games!

Language Builder: Summer
NO PRINT LANGUAGE TASKS: SUMMER uses colorful graphics and real pictures to target receptive identification in a field of three, answering yes/no and wh-questions, describing, inference, compare/contrast, and narrative building skills.

PHONOLOGY RESOURCE FOR SUMMER:
NO PRINT PHONOLOGY TASKS: SUMMER is a comprehensive no print resource that covers a variety of phonological processing errors using auditory bombardment list, auditory discrimination with minimal pairs, rhyming task, wh-questions, and creating a winter scene! This resource covers the following phonological processing error patterns: Voicing, Final Consonant Deletion, Fronting, Initial Consonant Deletion, Backing, Stopping, Denasalization, Consonant Cluster Reduction and Gliding.

RESOURCES for MIXED GROUPS DURING SUMMER:
Find Articulation & Follow Directions: Summer
FIND ARTICULATION and FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: SUMMER is perfect for working with students with articulation, language, and fluency goals. This resource has hidden articulation words scattered around the picture that students look for using a magnifying glass. It also has 2-step temporal following directions, and lists of wh-questions for each picture scene.  Other suggestions on how you can use the pictured scenes to cover other goals are included.

OPEN-ENDED GAMES GALORE!  I love using open-ended games to pull mixed groups together.  It also helps keep some students motivated.  I consider that a WIN-WIN! I have several great summer themed open-ended games packs, such as SUMMER, TRAVEL, CAMP COMMUNICATE, and my S'MORE FUN FREEBIE.

SPEECH and LANGUAGE BEACH BALLS: These fun crafts make practice enjoyable at home to practice their speech and language skills. I have flowers to target articulation, apraxia, phonology, and language.  My kids have always loved making these.

Are you planning to have a Social Communication Club?  If so, you may want to check out my SUMMER CONVERSATIONAL EXCHANGE resource to help students plan and track conversations.

You can see some of my favorite books to use during this season for literacy-based therapy too on my lesson plan. You can grab a copy of my Summer Lesson Plans by completing the information below!



For many of us, Covid-19 has changed the way that we provide services, and just like when we are providing services in person, we are also always looking for different ways to change therapy up to keep our students engaged. Have you considered incorporating virtual field trips? Some are so extensive you can use it over multiple sessions while others are short and quick to use. 

Here are seven language goals that I have targeted using Virtual Field Trips and their websites.

  • BASIC LABELING & DESCRIPTIVE SKILLS- Watching live webcams of the animals at the zoo and/or live events at historic locations is a perfect way to practice labeling, describing, and sentence formulation!
  • PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES- There are so many different ways that you can target this goal using online virtual fieldtrips!  The live webcams are great since so many times the animals move around and you can probably get a few practice opportunities right there.  However, using online maps are another great resource to talk about where you would find specific exhibits.  Is the reptile house next to the bear caves or between the monkeys exhibit and the big cat enclosure?
  • FORMULATING SENTENCES- I already mentioned how the live cam videos are great for targeting this skill by talking about what the animals are doing and/or what is happening at the historic location. If you are on a page that has multiple live web cams or recorded videos, you can play I-Spy with your students to to determine which video you all will use or you can stop at a certain part of the video to describe something in the scene.  Using the online maps, you can take turns with your students explaining how to get from point A to point B and see if you all ended up at the correct location.  For example, "Go to the second floor of the museum and turn left after getting out of the elevators". 
  • ANSWERING/ASKING WH-QUESTIONS- Many of websites include recorded videos demonstrating things that happened before in history, more about an animals nature, and/or the steps needed to complete a task that can create opportunities to work on asking and responding to wh-questions.  You can also find maps and fact sheets that can be used for this task too!
  • GIVING DIRECTIONS- Online maps, maps, and more maps provided from a variety of virtual field trip locations! It is as easy as that! Although this next one is not a virtual field trip (unless you want to take a trip to my friend Sarah's house), you can also find some great wordless videos on her youtube channel
  • PLAY WITH WORDS- Yes, you read that right!  I was actually able to find some super cute videos when I took a virtual field trip to the Atlanta Zoo that was having pun with animals!
  • SEQUENCING- Some websites will provide sequential information about what happened in history at the location or how to complete a task which provides a wonderful opportunity to practice sequencing and story retell.  One super fun virtual field trip is to take your students to an amusement park for the day!  Not only does it provide some of our students with the first experience of what an amusement park might offer, if you use Youtube videos from the viewers point of view (POV), students can experience a ride and share what they saw in sequence.  Just make sure you review any and all Youtube videos before your sessions to make sure that it is appropriate including environment in which it was videoed.
These same websites also work wonderfully to practice articulation carryover and use of fluency techniques!  Who knows, maybe some of your students' teachers are also using virtual field trips in their current lesson plans and if so, you can collaborate!
        
I have created a comprehensive list of my GO-TO Virtual Field Trips (and other ideas) to use for Teletherapy. If you do not want to go about making your own list, you can grab my free cheat sheet below.

Do you know any other great Virtual Field Trip sites, if so we would love for you to share them below in the comments!


With so many of us now trying to figure out the best way to provide distance-learning, I went in search of additional FREE resources that can be used in teletherapy. Check out these ten No Print/Boom Card freebies I found!
  1. Pizza Party by Tech N' Talk SLPs -  This freebie is a fun way to keep students engaged and to use as a motivator for student behavior.
  2. Get Ready for School No Print by Panda Speechie- This is a fun no print where students decide what to dress the girl in and then can describe the outfit.
  3. No Print Hot Cocoa Concepts by Beth Sies Creations for SLPs - You can target a variety of basic concepts with this No Print!  You can also target description and sentence formation too!
  4. Story Starters No Print by Language Speech and Literacy - I love that this has real pictures to target narration, wh-questions, pronouns, and verbs!
  5. Camping Listening For Details Boom Cards by The Digital SLP - You can use this helpful boom card set to target listening for details, functions of items, and sentence formulation.
  6. Middle School Language Prediction No Print by The Whimsical Word- With this no print, your middle school students can target making predictions from sentences and pictures.
  7. Vocalic -AIR Coarticulation Sentences by GoldieTalks Speech - This fun boom card set has students completing the sentences by hanging up the shirt with the correct word.  My students love creating the sentences and practicing their speech using coarticulation!
  8. Sentence Scramble by Alison Fors - Students work on putting sentences together correctly with this fun boom card set.
  9. Hah or Nah Social Skills by Jaclyn Watson - Love this!  This Boom Cards set has social scenarios for students to determine if it would be appropriate to laugh or not appropriate!
  10.  Car themed Articulation and Language Cards by Looks Like Language -Keep students engaged with this interactive boom card set that targets function, categorization, wh-questions, and the sound /r/!
Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
20 Free No Print Resources for Teletherapy by Stacy Crouse- Woohoo!  More freebies!
Free Digital Speech and Language Resources by Badger State Speechy - Yay!
Free Speech Therapy Activities for Teletherapy by The Digital SLP - Love freebies!

Have you tried any of these?  If so, please share in the comments below!

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Have you been using literacy-based lessons in speech?  Using books is a wonderful way to target articulation, language, phonology, apraxia, and fluency!  It is easy to utilize books in teletherapy too!  The best part is that if you are using books during teletherapy, you can complete some parent training on how they can use books found in their home or through online services to practice their skills at home!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick
 by Lucille Colandro
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters easily with this repetitive story!  Students can even practice carryover of their sounds (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) while targeting language concepts too.

LANGUAGE: Target identification and labeling of basic vocabulary found in the print and in the pictures, work on wh-questions and yes/no questions, and practice sequencing and story retell!

Splat the Cat- Where's the Easter Bunny? 
by Rob Scotton
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) easily with this cute story! Scat sends a card to the Easter bunny with a special request but he is afraid that he has been forgotten so he goes looking for the Easter Bunny.

LANGUAGE: Target prepositions, work on semantic features (function/description) for common items, answering wh-questions, and  story retell!

The Night Before Easter 
by Natasha Wing 
SOUND SYSTEMS: Target velars, fricatives, glides, and consonant clusters (k, g, s, sh, l, r, clusters) in this rhyming story about siblings that are prepared for Easter and catch the Easter Bunny in action.

LANGUAGE: Target rhyming, vocabulary building using context clues, and answering wh-questions, and  story retell!

If you do not want to have go through the books and make your own lists, I have created an easy cheat sheet for articulation words, language concepts to target, and some basic wh-questions you can ask for each book!  You can grab your free cheat sheet below.


What are some of your favorite Easter books to incorporate into your speech therapy lessons?  Please share with us below in the comments! Thanks!
With the uncertain times that Covid-19 has brought, those of us back to work really need to do our best to keep spirits up for our students.  I know that is easier said than done sometimes. In my own house, I battle it daily with my own daughter.  While her daddy works nights as a respiratory therapist and quarantines himself off during the day in an effort to reduce exposure for us, I tackle the job of keeping the house running, make sure we have meals prepped, homeschooling her, working from home, and keeping both of our spirits up as best as I can.  I know I am not alone. We are all facing this together and doing the best we can. I hope everyone is happy and healthy in your home.  Stay safe!

In an effort to try to keep student learning on track and provide holiday-themed resources so that this new normal we are currently facing does not seem so different as before, I went searching for some fun Easter freebies!  Check out these ten Easter-themed freebies I found that can easily be adapted for teletherapy if needed!

  1. Grab my Easter Basic Verbs and Prepositions Tic-Tac-Toe Games - This freebie multiple tic-tac-toe games both in color and in black and white.  
  2. Editable and Interactive Easter Game by Simply Speaking SLP- I love that this is editable and so easy to use! Perfect for Teletherapy too!
  3. No Print Easter Egg Hunt by Tech N' Talk SLPs - This freebie is an adorable way to keep students engaged and to use as a motivator for student behavior.
  4. Easter Express /k/ Articulation Sound Sort by My Teletherapy Room - This fun BOOM cards freebie allows students to engage in the activity by moving the pictures to the beginning, middle, and end slots while practicing their /k/ sound. 
  5. No Print Following Directions Spring Boom Cards by BVG SLP - This BOOM card freebie targets following directions and prepositions. 
  6. There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Chick No Print by Itty Bitty Speech - This no print offers a story map, sentence strips, and sequencing.  
  7. Easter Articulation Print and Go for /l, s, r, sh, th/ by slp701 - This fun freebie includes word searches and wordplay for common articulation errors. 
  8. Easter Themed /l/ worksheets by The SLT Scrapbook - This freebie includes 4 no prep pages for /l/ in all word positions and blends. 
  9. Easter Idioms by Kathy Babineau - This free pack has cards twelve different idioms and an answer sheet!
  10.  Easter Jokes by Speech2U - This is such a fun way to target multiple-meaning words, pragmatic language, articulation carryover, and fluency technique practice. 

Looking for more ideas?  Check out these blog posts!
Fab Five Freebies Easter by The Digital SLP - Woohoo!  More freebies!

Do you know of any other amazing Easter activities or ideas that we can share with parents?  If so, please share in the comments below!

Want more great tips, tricks, and ideas for successful speech therapy?  Subscribe to our FREE newsletter, or visit us on InstagramPinterest, or Facebook.

I  feel that one of the biggest hurdles that we need to pass when providing speech and language services to students is to keep them engaged.  If we can keep them interested and engaged, that is half of the battle towards student success. The same is true when providing services using a telepractice model. Perhaps even more so since you are not there in person and can not step away from the computer. In the past three years, I have found that there are still a lot of tools that we can incorporate into our service delivery to help students achieve success. Here are my six favorite types of resources.

BOOM CARDS
My students love how engaging Boom Cards can be!  Using the Zoom platform, I can share my screen, pull up a Boom Card resource and hand over control to my student to move pieces and activate the resource independently!  There are a lot of interactive activities to keep them engaged.

APPS ON TABLETS
Yes! It is true! At least I know it is true with the Zoom platform, you CAN share your screen and do screen mirroring so students can see what is happening on your tablet! Now, they are not able to manipulate and control your tablet but there are definitely ways around that.  The biggest way around that is simply they have to use their words.  That is a big win for us, right?  What a great way to facilitate language from them!

My students have to give me directions so that I know what they would like me to do.  When we are playing the matching game while working on articulation using either Articulate It by Smarty Ears or Articulation Station by Little Bee Speech, I have them tell me "Row 3 Number 4" or "Row 1 Column 3."  As you can tell, they get a few extra trials in when working on /r/ and/or /l/ when doing so too (not that they have noticed or minded)! What a great way to still g use out of those tablet apps, right?

NO PRINT RESOURCES
I love No Prints! I love them just as much as I love Boom Cards.  Why? Simply because if you open them on your computer and screen share them using the Zoom platform, you can easily give the student control and they too become interactive for your student!

For example, when targeting minimal pairs using my No Print Phonology Tasks resource, students can manipulate the mouse (and it shows up on my screen) to show me the word they heard.  When it is their turn to play the teacher and tell me which word to point at, my little ones are amazed to see the mouse move without them touching it as I point to the word they said in return! Another bonus with No Prints is that many can be used for mixed groups.  I use my No Print Fluency Tasks resource not only with my students targeting a variety of fluency goals but also with my students working on generalization of articulation skills and students targeting language skills. I have also used my No Print Language Tasks resource with students targeting generalization of articulation and students practicing their use of fluency techniques.

YOUTUBE
You will need to watch the youtube videos before sharing in teletherapy to make sure that they are appropriate.  However, there are some amazing resources out there.  Here are a few ideas to help you get started!
  • Fellow teletherapist, Sarah Wu, has an amazing series of Wordless Videos for Life Skills that she created and a playlist of other Wordless Videos for problem-solving that she saved!  I highly recommend subscribing to her channel.
  • Check out Simon's Cat for some super cute little short videos to target body language and facial cues, problem-solving, inferencing, and story retell!
  • Search for Animated Short Films for Kids!  There are a lot of them out there and they are great for talking about body language, problem-solving, answering wh-questions, story retell, etc..
  • Search for Social Narratives for students! Animated social narratives can be super engaging and provide an additional modality to teach the lesson.
WEBSITES
I have found some great resources on websites that I never would have thought to look for until my little preschool students started showing up! There are multiple websites such as Vook, Epic, and Storyline Online to help you create a literacy-based lesson!  You can also find some cool online coloring pages, puzzles, and games for reinforcement and to target functional language skills such as requesting and asking questions and to facilitate the use of appropriate social exchanges!

RESOURCES THAT CAN EASILY CONVERT TO NO PRINT
Do you have a favorite PDF from grad school that you created and are super proud of and just seems to work miracles?  Did you purchase some great no-prep resources from Teachers Pay Teachers that your students have loved in person and you just know students online could benefit from too?  If so, you are in luck!  I have found that with a little creativity and the annotation bar on the Zoom platform and you can get just as much use out of some of your favorite PDFs!

For example, I use my No Prep Speech and Language sets constantly!  Sure, they were made to use with a pencil and a paperclip or else with dice but I can just as easily use my electronic spinner from Super Duper Publications and my students love marking up the page just as much as they practice their speech and language skills!

With the annotation bar, my students have also been able to use the shape marker to cover pictures from my Mash and Mark series and the highlighter to highlight the hidden articulation words in my Find Articulation and Follow Directions series!  The Zoom platform also allows you to add a text bar so my students have also enjoyed breaking the mystery codes from my Crack the Code Articulation resources!

As you can see, there are many tools available to you.  What is the most important tool of all for providing successful and engaging speech therapy services via a telepractice format?  YOU!  You are the biggest determiner of your success.  Just be you!  Provide services as you would if the student was there with you in person.  Build rapport as usual and be creative.  Telepractice at times may require a little more creativity and problem solving but it is completely do-able!  You got this!

I have created a comprehensive list of my GO-TO Resources to Use for Teletherapy. If you do not want to go about making your own list, you can grab my free cheat sheet below.


 Do you know of any great websites or YouTube channels to use for speech therapy telepractice? If so, please share them with us below!  Thanks!

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